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Steve Bruce: 'Aston Villa need to be in promotion hunt'

Bruce: 'Villa need to be in promotion hunt'
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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says that his side must build on their recent good form to challenge for the Championship title.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has called on his players to continue to build momentum ahead of a promotion challenge in the Championship.

On Wednesday night, Villa ran out 2-0 winners at Preston North End, taking their recent record to seven victories and four draws from 12 second-tier fixtures.

The West Midlands outfit sit in fifth place in the standings and while trying to play down their impressive form, Bruce acknowledges that Villa need to be featuring in the mix at the top of the table.

The 56-year-old told Sky Sports News: "We can't get carried away with it. We're Aston Villa and we've got to be there or thereabouts.

"It's taken a long time to get there and just at the moment we are doing ok. That's all it is. We are going into the winter period and we've had a decent start and that gives us a decent platform."

Villa are next in action when they host Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.


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2Leeds UnitedLeeds21126335181742
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
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12Swansea CitySwansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14Queens Park RangersQPR218492531-628
15Preston North EndPreston216783235-325
16Wigan AthleticWigan2174102329-625
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull City2156102130-921
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton WanderersBolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich TownIpswich2118121737-2011

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